Artist

Projects

Green|Blue

Green|Blue (2016)

What seems to be the most solid and robust is in reality the most fragile and vulnerable.
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Colouring

Little colouring books of climate mindfulness (2016)

Colour in the maps, and think about what the future holds for our weather under climate change.
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Ghost Bees (2016)

Bees that are not – collapsed colonies, extinct species – but there is hope.

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Freefall Climate Graffiti (2016)

Repainting Exeter Phoenix’s graffiti wall with UK Climate Projections, with Miss*C and the Freefall Youth Group.

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Soul Cube

Soul Cube (2015)

I AM ENOUGH
I HAVE A VOICE

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Free Art Friday

Free Art Friday Exeter (2015-16)

Artists leave pieces in public places to be discovered and taken for free.

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Particulart

Particulart (2014-16)

The art of knitting, chemistry, and gentle protest.

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Touch:Triptych

Touch:Triptych (2013)

Twelve touches. Three images: Alight, Unless, and J’adoube.
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artist-serenade

A Suburban Serenade (2013)

Suburban roads named after English composers were crying out for a peripatetic concert.

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Gallimaufrey

Gallimaufrey

A miscellany of random and fun stuff.

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Artist statement

Clare Bryden is an artist, writer and freelance website developer based in Exeter. Her interests are primarily in how human beings affect and are affected by the natural world of which we are part, and the related theology and psychology of connectedness. Her creative practice springs from her desire to communicate environmental and social issues, her need for hope and energy in keeping on keeping on, and her habit of making connections and finding patterns.

Clare’s environmental art typically takes data visualisation into whole new areas.

She used flood risk data from the Environment Agency in “Green|Blue” to question our knowledge and power into question in the face of uncertainty and the force of nature.

She has created card games about greenhouse gases; and a series of “Little colouring books of climate mindfulness” using UK Climate Projections data. “Freefall Climate Graffiti” turned UK Climate Projections into a street art project in partnership with an Exeter youth group.

And in “Particulart: The art of chemistry, knitting and gentle protest”, she creates 3D knitted representations of molecules – eg. greenhouse gases, vehicle exhausts – to engage people with environmental and social issues. It can be installed in galleries, or pop up at venues from Cathedrals to green fairs.

I am a Kaleider Resident

Clare’s background is in science, economics, energy and the environment, including employment at Cambridge Econometrics and the Met Office. She is a Stakeholder Resident at Kaleider in Exeter, and a member of the art.earth+CCANW network. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, and on the organising team of TEDxExeter in a Storyteller role. All is grist to her mill.

Memberships & residencies

Solo exhibitions & collaborations

  • “Green|Blue”, to be exhibited in the Garden Room Gallery, Dartington, 30 March to 18 April 2017.
  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, a solo exhibition at the Glorious Art House gallery, Exeter, supported by grants from Exeter City Council and the Diocese of Exeter, 11-24 July 2015.
  • “Particulart” in the Real Food café, Exeter, a collaboration with Diana Moore and Benjamin J Borley, 13 October to 29 November 2014.

Group exhibitions

  • “Little colouring book: Winter Blues”, part of “Artist Toys”, Lite-Haus Galerie + Projektraum, Berlin, 3-8 December 2016.
  • “Ghost Bees”, part of “Dark Art” exhibition, Barnfield Theatre gallery, 4 October to 1 November 2016.
  • “Little colouring book: Winter Blues”, part of “Toying With Art”, Rolle Centre, Exmouth, 17 September to 1 October 2016.
  • “Touch:Triptych”, part of the Summer Show at Exeter Community Centre, June 2015 to January 2016.
  • “Particulart: Stitch in Time”, part of a Lent Carbon Fast exhibition, Bristol Cathedral, 6 March to 6 April 2015.

Public visual art

  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, pop-up as part of the Fun Palace, Exeter Library, 2 October 2016.
  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, pop-up in the Allotment Gallery, Greenbelt Festival, Kettering, 28 August 2016.
  • “Ghost Bees”, installation at Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape (TRAIL), a collaboration with Cleo Heard, 25 July to 4 September 2016.
  • “Particulart: Exhausted”, installation at “Test Drive the Future” supported by BMW North Oxford, Oxford Festival of the Arts and Low Carbon Oxford Week, Magdalen College School, 19 June 2016.
  • “Particulart: Greenhouse Effect”, installation in Bury Knowle Park, Low Carbon Oxford Week, 18 June 2016.
  • “Freefall Climate Graffiti”, street art at the Exeter Phoenix arts centre, a collaboration with Cleo Heard, from 14 May 2016.
  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, appearance at “Everyone’s An Artist With Sustainable Wallingford”, Oxfordshire Artweeks, 14-19 May 2016.
  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, pop-up at TEDxExeter, Exeter Northcott Theatre and University of Exeter, 15 April 2016.
  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, pop-up at Weather, Art & Music Festival, University of Exeter, 5 March 2016.
  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, video at Exeter Cathedral, screening during the Paris climate negotiations from 30 November to 11 December 2015, featured in the ArtCOP21 festival.
  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, pop-up in Exeter Cathedral, 6 December 2015, featured in the ArtCOP21 festival.
  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, pop-up at Relight My Fire festival, supported by a grant from the festival, 20 September 2015.
  • “Particulart: Up in the Air”, pop-up at Exeter Green Fair, 5 September 2015.

Public performance

  • “A Suburban Serenade”, a peripatetic choral performance by Sine Nomine around the roads of Broadfields, Unexpected Exeter festival, 22 September 2013.

Press

  • “Art of the Possible”, Green Christian magazine, Winter 2016, Issue 82, cover p2 p15.
  • “Graffiti artwork tells climate story”, Reconnect magazine, June/July 2016, Issue 43, p24.
  • “Spraying a climate message”, Exeter Life, June 2016, p6.
  • “Freefall Climate Graffiti”, The Exeter Daily, 14 May 2016, online.
  • “Youngsters to create graffiti wall in Exeter”, Exeter Express and Echo, 14 May 2016, online.
  • “Spray cans will create graffiti art”, Exeter Express and Echo, 12 May 2016, p19.
  • “Scientist purls one for cutting carbon”, Oxford Mail, 18 November 2015, p16.
  • “Exeter Green Fair in pictures”, Exeter Express and Echo, 7 September 2015, online.
  • “Weaving is believing”, Chemistry World, Royal Society of Chemistry, 23 July 2015, online.
  • “Exhibitions & workshops”, Exeter Express and Echo, 23 July 2015, p10.
  • “Clare Bryden: Up in the Air”, The Glorious Gallery blog, 22 July 2015, online.
  • “Knitting to demonstrate new plant’s environmental impact”, Exeter Express and Echo, 9 October 2014, p44.

Publications

  • “Particulart” features in “What is Art?”, Average Art Magazine, 1 December 2016.
  • “Particulart” features in “Something Wonderful in My Back Yard: The Songbook”, Quixotic Press, 2015.
  • “The art of knitting, chemistry, and gentle protest”, Power Culture, 27 July 2015.
  • “Energy infrastructures inhabit our interior landscapes: Growing up with Didcot Power Station”, Power Culture, 27 July 2015.
  • “Knitting and other revolutionary acts”, Third Way Magazine, May 2015.

Talks & activities

  • Talk exploring “Green|Blue”, Kaleider Lunchtime Talks, Exeter, 18 November 2016.
  • PechaKucha 20×20 about my work, featuring “Green|Blue”, Greenbelt Festival, Kettering, 27 August 2016.
  • Workshops on climate change, crafting and skills sharing, and making public art as part of “Freefall Climate Graffiti”, with Freefall Youth Group at the Exeter Phoenix arts centre, April-May 2016.
  • Talk on “Particulart: the art of knitting, chemistry, and gentle protest”, Abingdon Carbon Cutters, 18 November 2015.
  • PechaKucha 20×20 on “Particulart”, Greenbelt Festival, Kettering, 30 August 2015.
  • “Free Art Friday Exeter”, artwork placed on the street for the public to enjoy and take, July 2015 – present.
  • Talk and audience activity on “Particulart: the art of knitting, chemistry, and gentle protest”, Pint of Science, The Ship Inn, Exeter, 18 May 2015.
  • Lecture on “Particulart, or the art of knitting, chemistry, meditation and gentle protest”, St Michael’s Lectures, Exeter, 25 February 2015.